One of the more controversial injuries in workers compensation is that of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There is a split in the medical community about whether or not certain repetitive activities such as keyboarding can cause or contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Many physicians believe that it does, while many others feel that it is idiopathic – that is, caused by other non-industrial factors such as weight, gender, and genetics. There is no dispute that work activities that involve use of certain vibratory tools (jackhammers, drills, etc) can cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Treatment usually consists of a minor surgery of the wrist and is undertaken by an orthopedic surgeon. We suggest treatment by an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treatment of hand/wrist injuries.
Not all work injuries are caused by a sudden, traumatic event or accident. Some are simply the result of doing one’s jobs on a repetitive basis over a period of time. These are referred to as “Gradual Injuries”. In order to prove a gradual injury, a medical professional needs to give an opinion that your work activities either caused or substantially contributed to your injury. These are usually the result of highly repetitive jobs, such as grocery store stocking, assembly work, or repetitive overhead work, but can be caused by any activity that is done repetitively. If you believe your job has led to a gradual injury, contact the Phoenix and Tucson Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Snow, Carpio & Weekley, PLC.